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Conte finding his Inter team

Antonio Conte’s Inter are finally beginning to show some consistency in the top spots challenge stuttering Juventus for the title, writes Richard Hall.

Whilst the 4-0 destruction of SPAL was impressive, it was also needed. There is still a feeling that Inter are always one game away from a crisis at present and if they had managed to lose in Ferrara, then it is likely that this would have been the case. Consistency is the buzzword for the Nerazzurri these days and now they are showing signs of this, Antonio Conte wants to make sure people know about it.

In truth, SPAL did not even muster a shot on target and Inter ran out clear winners. Since the break, the Milanese giants have had a Jekyll and Hyde persona in certain games, but coming off a good win against Torino, the ‘mister’ was quick to point out that this result ‘sent a signal’. One thing is for certain, the coach knows how he wants his team to play and when they do so, it can be devastating. The problem has been, however, that when they have dropped off the pace, they’ve been so far from the way Conte wants them to play that it has been quite baffling.

There is no doubt Antonio is a stubborn man, but this has led many to criticise his tactics and insist that he bangs his head against a wall trying desperately to enforce his standard 3-5-2 formation. This was something he is desperate to dispel and last night he felt he had. He was keen to point out that the first goal was very much down to himself, as Inter did outwit SPAL when they rushed forward with four attackers and bamboozled their backline. Conte pointed out this was a direct instruction and something that he had employed whilst at Bari and Siena, when his tactics were 4-2-4. He also spoke of the improvement of Christian Eriksen and that he has now been employed between the lines as a type of trequartista behind the front two. This makes the formation a fluid 3-4-1-2 and said that this transition certainly involves more of the team in the attacking areas.

On the face of it, as Inter sit six points off Juventus and look far more consistent than The Old Lady and Lazio, one could almost argue that a title challenge is still in the offing, but one has to think this is unlikely. Conte made it clear last night that second place was the aim and when you look at the upcoming fixtures, you can see why. Roma, Fiorentina, Genoa, Napoli and finally the in form Atalanta stand in their way, and despite recent performances, the Nerazzurri need to prove that they can go for long spells at this tempo.

Whilst all that may sound negative, there are many positives for Inter. After the game against Torino, the coach was clear that he was brought to Inter to embark on a three-year project, and when you look at it like that, Inter have come a long way. They are financially secure and have deep pockets to help Beppe Marotta and Conte achieve this. They are purging the club of its bad apples and Mauro Icardi is gone, soon to be followed by Ivan Perisic, Dalbert, Joao Mario and others. He has formulated possibly the best partnership in European Football with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez looking unstoppable and they look like they may even keep hold of their Argentinian. Alexis Sanchez is reborn and looking like he may stay, whilst some of the squad players have been trusted and are repaying the faith.

With Inter, the issue is always, what constitutes a success? This season a second-place finish would be an improvement, and these wins against Torino and SPAL do suggest that there is a change and that they are becoming more consistent. A victory against Roma and this would really start to make Serie A sit up and look, but many also know that the Nerazzurri have a way of shooting themselves in the foot.

For now however, as the likes of Sanchez and Eriksen get better week on week and the rotation continues to pay dividends, things look positive. Conte’s vision is taking shape and perhaps the most positive element is that Inter have shown on numerous occasions that when they listen and do what he wants, it works. Practice as they say, makes perfect.

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Have your say...
as well conte is highly demanding wagers that need to counter with perfomance related cut wage off or face sacking. under performing players should be tailed off not the aged one. as long there is brozovic there is no need of gagliardini as asamoah can be a healthy backup there with the young progidies. remember you can't never sell youth players ransomly as that 5%ransomer, you sell one miss-big name you clear a dead wood not a plant. u see the dead names-? conte wage,borja,gag,skrinier&wishes.
on the 24th July, 2020 at 1:38pm
when nothing does; spirits work for you. conte is the greater mistake (I)nter ever did. loads of bastards just about everyehere hate Inter. and cheating conte killing us. lukaku along leading us to the GOAL and when he is available we're bided by him. if you can't let Juventas down now you never will. this year was ours but unfortunately we watched let it get away. now its come to my mind it was mistake signaturing two ex juventini. last words.. adore sensi and lukaku..
on the 20th July, 2020 at 1:54am
Inter fans logic is ridiculous. Yes winning a treble is great especially since no one else in Italy has don't it but does 3 trophies in one year really make up for a decade in oblivion. Your boom bust ratio is not a good one.
on the 19th July, 2020 at 1:05pm
@Inter is TRASH... WRONG! Recycling centers turn trash to gold! The problem is that GARBAGE people like you can't be even TRASH! Ask doctors...
on the 18th July, 2020 at 6:35pm
Inter Milan can win SCUDETTO that's if they win all remaining matches and hope juventus slip up
on the 18th July, 2020 at 4:28pm
This trash did win the treble though. Something that even 7-time CL winner, Milan, never achieve, let alone Juve, always choke when the stake is high.
Inter are on the right track, let conte completes his projects and hopefully he’ll get us at least 1 scudetto.
It shall benefit juve as well, if they can still win the league with performance like that, they’ll never succeed in UCL. Same thing happened with both Bayern & PSG. Last time bayern won the UCL was when they had competition in the league
on the 18th July, 2020 at 3:49pm
Trash will never become gold, no matter how good the coach is. Ask Marcello Lippi...
on the 18th July, 2020 at 10:43am
@I MISS MARCO BRANCA... AC Milan says hello, too bad JuBe chokes against the good teams!
on the 18th July, 2020 at 6:08am
Ah well there is always next season.
on the 18th July, 2020 at 2:09am
had inter beat Juve twice they would be in First place - too bad Inter chokes against the good teams
on the 17th July, 2020 at 7:54pm
As someone said previously - too little too late. Conte has blamed just about everything. Time for him to just accept responsibility. He has been given everything he wanted.
on the 17th July, 2020 at 3:47pm
Juve have collected 2 points from 3 games and have let in 9 goals in the process. They are by no means home and dry. Conte must tell his squad to win the remaining games at all costs and hope that Juve slip up along the way. Whoever thinks this championship is done and dusted is delusional!!!
on the 17th July, 2020 at 3:20pm
How much more interesting the title race would be if they hadn't dropped those 5 points against Verona and Bologna.... :,-(
on the 17th July, 2020 at 2:14pm
If they can Keep Lautaro and Sanchez I feel they will be a force next season.
on the 17th July, 2020 at 2:06pm
too little too late !!
on the 17th July, 2020 at 12:23pm
If Inter finish in the top 4 and win the Europa league that's progress for sure. I'm not sure how 2 wins against Torino and SPAL can class as finding consistency though, it was only a couple of games ago they drew with Verona and lost to 10 man Bologna.
on the 17th July, 2020 at 11:43am

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